ITASCA was originally built in 1961 as an ocean-going tug by J&K Smit of the Netherlands. Known as THAMES III she was in commercial service until 1979. The conversion to a private yacht was undertaken by new owners, an American family, who renamed her “ITASCA“. She is one of three built with only ITASCA still in existence. ITASCA’s conversion has been very tastefully completed over the years with each owner adding and improving her to make her what she is today. She is a country home on the water with large windows and all amenities, including large gym and sauna.
KEY SPECIFICATIONS

Vessel Name: ITASCA

Builder: J&K SMIT

Model Year: 1961

Year Built: 1961

Category: Motor Yacht

Country: United States

MLS #: 221083

Sleeps: 10

Staterooms: 5

Crew Sleeps: 13

Length: 175' 11" (53.60m)

Beam: 34' 10" (10.60m)

Cruise Speed: 11 Knots

Max Speed: 12 Knots

Water Capacity: 9774.365924 Gal

Manufacturer: MAN

Model: Rabl 459, 9V

Fuel Type: Diesel

Horsepower: 1250

Manufacturer: MAN

Model: Rabl 459, 9V

Fuel Type: Diesel

Horsepower: 1250

Details
  1. MAIN CHARACTERISTICS

    TYPE
    • Luxury Explorer Pleasure Yacht
    HELIPAD
    • BC130 B4 - upper deck aft (approved by Class in 2011}
    BUILDER
    • J&K Smit, The Netherlands (1 of 3 sister ships)
    OFFICIAL NUMBER
    • 384738
    IMO NUMBER
    • 1002055
    TYPE OF REGISTRATION
    • Pleasure Vessel
    VHF CALL SIGN
    • ZGHI
    YEAR
    • 1961
    REFIT
    • 2017 / 2010 / 2000 / 1994
    • 1994: First Owners built the superstructure & ice strengthened the Hull
    • 2000: Second Owner rebuilt the interior
    • 2010: Current Owner added the stern thruster in Seattle & upgraded the Helideck to include refueling in Auckland 2011
    • 2017: Hull repainted, shaft pulled & 5 year special class survey completed
    CLASSIFICATION
    • Lloyd’s + 100 A1 LMC, ISM Code, ISPS compliant, MCA LY3
    CONSTRUCTION
    • Steel Hull & Superstructure, Teak deck
    FLAG
    • Cayman Islands, George Town
    ENGINES
    • 2 x 1,250 Hp MAN – single screw (build in 1961)
    CREW
    • 12 + Pilot for helicopter
    GT
    • 845
    NT
    • 253
    HULL COLOUR
    • Blue
    ACCOMMODATION COLOUR
    • White
  2. DIMENSIONS

    LOA
    • 53.60m / 175’10’’
    BEAM
    • 10.60m / 34’9’’
    DRAFT
    • 5.20m / 17’
  3. SPEED & RANGE UNDER POWER

    MAXIMUM SPEED
    • 11.5 knots
    CRUISING SPEED
    • 11 knots
    FUEL CONSUMPTION
    • 5,500 litres / 24 hours steaming
    RANGE
    • 13,000nm
    • 7,500nm at 11.2 knots @ 168 shaft rpm
    • (about 360 rpm on the ME)
  4. CAPACITIES

    ACCOMMODATION
    • 10 x Guests in 5 cabins
    CREW
    • 12 x Crew + 1 helicopter pilot
    FUEL
    • 272,000 litres / 71,855 US gallons
    HELI FUEL
    • 5,000 litres / 1,320 US gallons
    FRESH WATER
    • 37,000 litres / 9,775 US gallons
    BLACK WATER
    • 14,949 litres / 3,896 US gallons
  5. ACCOMMODATION

    ITASCA’s conversion has been very tastefully completed over the years with each owner adding and improving her to make her what she is today. She is a country home on the water with large windows and all amenities, including large gym and sauna.
  6. HELIPAD

    HELIPAD
    • EC130 B4 on the upper deck aft
    • The Helideck structure was approved by Class in 2011. Flag requirements for Helicopter landing areas and operations are only applicable to commercial yachts (2,400kg max take-off weight).
    HELICOPTER NB:
    • The helicopter is not included in the asking price
  7. MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT

    ENGINES
    • 2 x 1,250 Hp MAN Rabl 459, 9V, Diesel (1961)
    ENGINE HOURS
    • As of Jan 2021 - since circa 1994:
    • Port: 18,833 / Stbd: 18,961
    PROPULSION
    • Single screw
    GEARBOX
    • Lohmann and Stolterfoht
    REDUCTION RATIO
    • 2.22: 1 with maximum shaft speed of 180 rpm
    ELECTRICITY
    • 480V / 100 Amp – 110v (60 Hertz) domestic supply
    BATTERIES
    • 2 x Banks of 24V - 8 Batteries in total (plus GMDSS)
    GENERATORS
    • 2 x 190kW Caterpillar 3406B built in 1995
    HARBOUR GENERATOR
    • 1 x 170kW Caterpillar 3306 built in 1999
    GENERATOR HOURS
    • As of Jan 2021 - since last complete rebuild
    • Port 3406: 9,367 / Stbd 3406: 4,023
    • Night Gen. 3306: 6,828 since last complete rebuild
    EMERGENCY GENERATOR
    • 1 x 25kW Northern Lights NL984 (New 2005)
    EMERGENCY GEN. HOURS
    • 30.5 hours (Jan 2021)
    AIR CONDITIONING
    • Local fan coils in each cabin / area –
    • 2 x Blitzer 4N-20.2 compressors / 340’00 BTU – Heinen & Hopman main air handler
    STERN THRUSTERS
    • Wesmar V2 – 24/26 150 kW (electric)
    BOW THRUSTERS
    • Wesmar DPC – 200 150 kW (electric)
    FUEL FILTRATION
    • Alfa Laval MAB-104B
    BILGE SYSTEM
    • Heli – Sep / Model 500 - J1838
    SEWAGE SYSTEM
    • Hamann Wassertechnik
    STEERING SYSTEM
    • Stork Jaffa - Hydraulic – Twin Rams
    WATER MAKERS
    • 2 x H.E.M. 40 9000 - (15,000 per day each)
    DIVE COMPRESSOR
    • Bauer C-E3
  8. MACHINERY USE NOTES

    • Underway ITASCA uses only 1 main engine & 1 generator, the 2 main engines are never used together
    • Fuel consumption underway at 11+ knots (1 ME & 1 generator) averages 4,800 litres per 24 hours
    • At anchor or alongside only 1 generator is required
    • Itasca's main engines are medium speed (380rpm max) commercial style engines which do not fall into modern "service by the hour" schedules as you would find with Caterpillar, MTU, etc. They are typically under constant maintenance and go for years between large rebuilds. Also, as only one is used at a time means 10,000 individual engine hours is actually 20,000 hours underway
  9. DECK EQUIPMENT

    ANCHORS
    • 2 x Anchors – 1.3t each
    ANCHOR CHAINS
    • PT chain 5 shackles, STBD 6 shackles
    ANCHOR WINDLASS
    • 1 x Electric 220V DC
    CAPSTAN
    • 1 x Electric 220V DC
    STEERING PUMPS
    • 2 x Teco electric & Mach AEEB
    CRANE
    • 2 x Thringe & Titan SRW 10-22 Cranes – SWL 3 tons (depending on how they are rigged)
  10. GALLEY & LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT

    BRIDGE DECK PANTRY
    •  
    • Fridge
    • Avanti drinks fridge
    MAIN GALLEY
    • Fridge
    • Cool-Tec Walk In
    • Freezer
    • Turbo Air MSF-23NM
    •  
    • Oven
    • Hobart EC02D-11
    • Microwave
    • Panasonic NN-SD681S
    • Dishwasher
    • 2 x Hobart LX3011
    CREW GALLEY & MESS
    • Fridge
    • Gorenjie R6164W
    • Freezer
    •  
    • Maytag RTT1700
    • Microwave
    • Panasonic NN-SU686S
    • Dishwasher
    • Hobart LX3011
    LAUNDRY
        
    • 3 x Miele PT 6065 Plus LP washing machines
    • 2 x Miele PT 7136 Plus dryers

 

  1. SAFETY & FIRE PROTECTION

    • Novec 1230 fire suppression in the Engine room
    • Life rafts
    • Fire extinguishers
  2. TENDER & WATERSPORT EQUIPMENT

    • 28ft Rayglass RIB with cabin - 1999
    • 25ft Rayglass RIB with center consol - 2000
    • 2 x 18ft Zodiacs MK5-HD. Standard tender (blue/black) - 1999
  3. There are extensive tenders and toys including 2 x Protector ribs, Zodiac craft and more. Her highlight though is her helicopter pad where there is also the benefit of a re-fuelling system which allows her Eurocopter BC130 B4 helicopter (not included in the sales price) to give her unrivaled experience and view of the world.

 

  1. COMMENTS

    ITASCA was originally built in 1961 as an ocean-going tug by J&K Smit of the Netherlands. Known as THAMES III she was in commercial service until 1979. The conversion to a private yacht was undertaken by new owners, an American family, who renamed her “ITASCA“. She is one of three built with only ITASCA still in existence.

    Between 1982 and 1993 she cruised mainly on the west coast of Central and North America. In 1994 the same owners refitted and re-equipped ITASCA from bow to stern giving the accommodation a luxurious feel.

    In 1994 she made history as the first motor yacht of her kind to complete a 23 day voyage from west to east through the Northwest Passage when owned by the former US Secretary of the Treasury, William E. Simon. Four months later ITASCA was plowing through the treacherous waters of “Drake’s Passage” to Antarctica. During her time there she rounded Cape Horn three times. From Antarctica ITASCA set course for New Zealand and Polynesia.

    In 12 months ITASCA had conquered the oceans at the top and bottom of the world and travelled 30,000 miles. Her hull is structurally reinforced and equipped to Lloyds highest standards for her encounters with polar ice making her a very safe boat to travel on.

    With a vast range of 13,000 nautical miles powered by the option of two MAN’s to a single screw, she has excellent back up and ship-like economical operation. Thoroughly well maintained, ITASCA is fully in class, Lloyds +100 A1 LMC and Charter compliant although she has only been enjoyed privately.

    She has been around the world three times and been owned by three different families including the present owners who bought her in 2007. ITASCA has since been upgraded to include bow thrusters and stern thrusters.

    ITASCA is a truly magnificent yacht, excellent at sea and capable of weathering the extremes. For people who really want an adventure and to explore our amazing planet, ITASCA has done it and will do it again in the utmost style which cannot be matched!
175' 11"(53.60m) 1961 ITASCA
Motor Yacht
J&K SMIT